TE Bralen Taylor (© Greg Powers)

The Opening Houston Top Sleepers

HOUSTON, Texas -- Factoring in testing, performance in the drills and in the one-on-ones Scout examines the top sleepers at The Opening regional stop in Houston last Saturday.

JayVeon Cardwell, 2018 CB, Cibolo (Texas) Steele

Keep this 6-foot-0, 175-pounder on your radar if you are a major college program. There were some top-rated DBs who stole the show, but Cardwell has the look of a top-tier college cornerback and he really made some tremendous plays on the football. He is still raw, but all of the skills are there that you like to see. He makes plays on the ball in the cam setting and in the pads -- he had seven interceptions as a junior. No P5 offers just yet.  -- Greg Powers

Jacob Mangum-Farrar, 2018 ILB, Fort Bend (Texas) Kempner

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Mangum-Farrar has the frame and look somewhat of a hybrid outside linebacker with the experience and playing style of an inside 'backer. Since Saturday's game, Mangum-Farrar picked up his first offer, which came from Houston, and it may not be long before the sleeper label doesn't apply to him. He added and offer from Houston after the camp. -- Gabe Brooks 

LB Jacob Mangum-Farrar (© Greg Powers)

Bralen Taylor, 2018 TE, Cuero (Texas)

He might not fit the sleeper category anymore as he has now picked up some P5 offers (Baylor, Oklahoma State, Miami (Fl), Oregon), but he was certainly a sleeper heading into the event on Saturday. It was a good tight end group and Taylor belongs mentioned with the top guys at the position in the nation. He still needs to add some size to his frame, but he is plenty athletic at 6-foot-8, 221 pounds. He showed his ability as a pass catcher and his athleticism in climbing the ladder and plucking balls out of midair.  -- Greg Powers

Henry Thomas, 2018 WR, Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall

Perhaps the story of the camp was the battles going on between elite receivers and elite defensive backs during 1-on-1 and half skeleton work, but Thomas made a name for himself with numerous 1-on-1 victories against higher-profile defenders. He showed good quick-twitch athleticism and consistently got open at all levels of the field. Thomas is coming off a strong junior season for a Texas 5A D-II state quarterfinalist so he's one to watch this spring. -- Gabe Brooks

Tyreese Williams, 2018 OG, Cypress (Texas) Ridge

I doubt too many know about this kid heading into the camp, but from start to finish he was the most consistent of the offensive linemen. While we are waiting for the results to be posted we eyeballed him up at about 6-foot-4, 300 pounds and he had very good feet. He did extremely well in the one-on-ones and he made the Final Five for the top offensive linemen and deservedly so. So far, North Texas is the only offer on his list.  -- Greg Powers


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